|Year of offer||2017|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
The general problems associated with the role of the state in the economy. Topics will be chosen from the theory of the state; the role of government in promoting economic growth; collective choice mechanisms; the economic analysis of bureaucracy; public goods; social insurance; national debt; and taxation issues.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Describe the fundamental features of government activities, expenditure and taxation, including the main types of taxation and expenditure.
- Understand the key equity and efficiency issues related to using different forms of taxation and transfers.
- Understand the theoretical and practical issues related to designed social insurance systems, such as unemployment benefits and health insurance.
- Evaluate the results from empirical analyses of changes in government policies.
- Critically evaluate policies and policy debates from a public economics perspective.
High level of development: problem solving; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; evaluation of data and other information; statistical reasoning.
Moderate level of development: oral communication; written communication; synthesis of data and other information; use of computer software; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas.
Some level of development: collaborative learning.